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Enlightened Violence: The West’s Contradictory Legacy

When we marshal big arguments about the West’s superior economic performance, and build these arguments upon an account of the West’s allegedly superior institutions like private-property rights, lean government, and … Continue reading

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Born Into Capitalism

The capitalistic economy…is an immense cosmos into which the individual is born, and which presents itself to him, at least as an individual, as an unalterable order of things in … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Time Thrift and Work Ethic

The attempt to tame the body of its unprofitable tendency to tire began [in the sixteenth century] as an effort to make ‘saving time’ a moral issue. … Moralists urged … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Work Ethic as Ideology

Thus we now have in the U.S. a bizarre “work ethic” according to which we are supposed to work very long hours, very intensely, making maximum dollars (the premium is … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Capitalism Isn’t Designed for Loyalty

The takeaway here: loyalty doesn’t exist in a capitalist economic system. Erik Devaney, “When Did Passion Become Mandatory?: The Case for Separation of Work and Love,” Medium.com Notes On the … Continue reading

October 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Absorbing Our Parents’ Worldview

The boomer mentality goes like this: get a good education. Get a well-paying full-time job. Find a stable partner. Buy a house and a car. Preferably, have a child. Failing … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · Leave a comment